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About Dr Frank Charles Thompson
Dr. Frank Charles Thompson was a young preacher in the late 1800s when he became disappointed with the reference Bibles being sold to preachers. Dr. Thompson believed the Bible should be presented in a simple, but scholarly way. He saw the need for a well-organized reference Bible that would be of practical use to the layman as well as a minister.

In 1890, Dr. Thompson began the work he would continue for the rest of his life. He completed the "thought suggestions" opposite the verses throughout the Bible. These are what became the "chain-links" that are the heart of the Thompson system. Some of the men in Dr. Thompson's church saw his Bible and told him this would be a great help to them in their Bible study too. They encouraged Dr. Thompson to have his Bible, with marginal references, published so that everyone could enjoy the blessing of this helpful study tool.

 
In 1908, the first edition of the Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible was printed by Methodists Book Concern of Dobbs Ferry, New York. It became known as the most helpful, trustworthy and unbiased study Bible available. The Thompson® Bible continues to have that reputation today.

  This is one of the few
known photographs of
Dr. Frank C. Thompson
In 1913, Dr. Thompson joined with B.B. Kirkbride in Indianapolis, Indiana to form the Kirkbride Bible Company. This was to assure the constant improvement of this remarkable study tool, and the widest distribution possible.

Today, the Thompson® Chain-Reference® Study System offers you a complete study library in one volume. With over 78 practical features for in depth Scriptural appreciation and understanding, nothing can match what the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible® offers:

  • Over 100,000 topical references
  • Over 8,000 Chain Topics
  • Updated Archaeological Supplement with photos and maps
  • Outline studies of each book of the Bible
  • Journey maps and Bible harmonies
  • Biblical Atlas
  • Bible Book Outlines
  • Over 4,000,000 Thompson Chain-Reference® Bibles sold!
 
    This photo shows the original
hand-written notes in the
margins of Dr. Thompson's
personal Bible. This rare
artifact, shows the beginning
of the Thompson®
Bible, and is now on display
at Kirkbride Bible Company
offices in Indianapolis, IN.

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Special thanks to our friends at B.B. Kirkbride for their kind permission to reprint this information.

 
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